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Francis D. O'Leary

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DORSET -- Francis D. O’Leary, 80, passed away on Jan. 1, 2007, with his family and his faithful Sheltie, Kirby, by his side. He lived all of his adult life in Dorset.

O’Leary was born on Feb. 24, 1926, in Saxton’s River, the son of William E. and Rose (Tinney) Leary, Sr.

At a young age he came to live with Arthur and Hazel Hayes of Manchester, where he attended local schools.

Francis worked on the Abbott Farm in Dorset and then entered the field of construction, working for Ken Stacey and Guy Stone, local contractors. He ultimately became a self-employed painter.

On Dec. 27, 1952, he married his wife of 54 years, Millie Bovey.

Francis appreciated the outdoors, whether growing produce in his garden, mowing his lawn, or hunting deer in the Dorset mountains. He loved draft horses and spent many hours watching local horse-pulls. In the early 1970s, along with his wife, he purchased land on Tinmouth Pond. With friends, Buff and Mary Sprague, he built a simple camp for his family. Francis was an avid Boston Red Sox and Celtics fan. He was a friend of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert.

Along with his beloved wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda O’Leary; a son, Daniel, and his wife, Cindy (Casey); two granddaughters, Christy O’Leary Downey and her husband, Ryan, and Shannon O’Leary; and two great-grand daughters, Mylee and Kaelin, all of Dorset. Siblings Rose Stoodley, of Westminster, Margaret Brooks, of Poultney, William E. Leary, of Millbrae, Calif.; Ruby Mattison, of Shaftsbury, Charles T. O’Leary, of Dorset and Robert Leary of Ludlow also survive him. He is also survived by many neices and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, foster parents, and two brothers, Richard and John Leary.

There are no calling hours.

A memorial service celebrating Francis’ life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 4 p.m. at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert. A reception will follow in the vestry of the church. A family burial will take place on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester Rescue Squad and Dorset Nursing Association Hospice Program, in care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 3, 2007
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